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Report Reveals Dubai and Abu Dhabi as Top Choices for Global Talent

Report Reveals Dubai and Abu Dhabi as Top Choices for Global Talent
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A recent report, "Decoding Global Talent 2024," released by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in collaboration with The Network and The Stepstone Group, draws on responses from over 150,000 professionals in 188 countries to underscore the UAE's increasing allure to global professionals. This report positions the UAE 14th worldwide, marking a significant climb in its global talent appeal.

Highlighting the UAE's attractiveness for global talent, Dubai and Abu Dhabi have emerged as the 3rd and 4th most preferred cities, according to respondents. Seventy-three percent of them identified the quality of job opportunities as the main attraction to the UAE, with factors such as income, tax benefits, cost of living, and overall quality of life also playing significant roles. These elements collectively establish the UAE as a premier destination for ambitious professionals looking for growth and opportunities on an international scale.

Maya El Hachem, MD and partner at the UAE BCG Office, commented,

"The UAE continues to build its reputation as fertile ground for career growth, attracting talent, particularly from the Middle East and beyond." She further noted, "The report showcases a UAE that not only keeps up but also sets the pace in the global talent marketplace. The strategic location of the Emirates, coupled with its safety and progressive stance, positions it as an emerging hub for the global workforce. Moreover, the combination of exceptional job quality, competitive incomes, and a vibrant lifestyle makes the UAE a magnet for ambitious professionals."
"The UAE's advancement in global rankings further underscores its commitment to fostering an environment rich in diversity and opportunities,"

El Hachem added.

Factors Drawing Global Talent to the UAE

In April 2022, the UAE government launched new visa schemes aimed at attracting global talent, particularly in growing industries such as private equity, venture capital, and artificial intelligence. This strategic initiative not only boosts the country's competitive edge but also enhances its stature as a global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Despite worldwide uncertainties, the interest in international relocation remains strong. The willingness among professionals to move abroad for work in the UAE has increased significantly, from 55% in 2018 to 73% in 2023.

Additionally, sector-specific trends further shape global mobility, with fields like engineering, healthcare, finance, and marketing seeing a high demand for professionals willing to work internationally. These sectors are pivotal in attracting skilled individuals to the UAE, contributing to its dynamic and diverse professional landscape.

Financial incentives, career progression, and enhanced quality of life are the main factors motivating professionals to relocate, highlighting the diverse aspirations of the global workforce. Additionally, the needs and expectations of workers in the UAE closely match global trends, emphasizing the significance of support mechanisms such as housing assistance, visa services, relocation help, language training, and legal financial advice in ensuring smooth transitions.

The pandemic has accelerated the shift towards remote work, with professionals both in the UAE and globally increasingly adopting flexible work arrangements. This shift is reflected in the rising interest in offshore opportunities, underscoring the importance of adaptability and innovation in the changing labor market.

News Source: Gulf Business

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